Businesses today face greater security threats than ever before as operations are increasingly digital and cloud-based – not to mention the accelerated adoption of remote and hybrid working strategies.
It’s no secret that every solution comes with its own set of challenges and, in turn, a rethink of network and security architectures to effectively protect modern distributed environments. With more users, devices and assets outside the traditional network, safeguarding identity and data is paramount. This is where the benefits of Secure Access Service Edge (SASE) really come into play.
As we covered in a previous blog, SASE refers to a converged cloud-native model for networking and security. It brings together multiple capabilities to create a unified service that’s often comprised of five key components:
As well as unifying security services, SASE offers flexible, high-performance connectivity that leverages multiple links – no longer relying on traditional MPLS circuits. Its cloud-native nature allows rapid scalability to support digital innovation goals like nothing else. It can reduce the sprawl of security protection measures while simplifying user onboarding and privileges management. Its real-time threat detection is AI/ML powered across endpoints. And most importantly, its zero-trust access control is based on user identity and context – not just IP address – while secure web gateway functionality is integrated into the platform.
SASE also minimises hardware requirements, which tends to reduce security costs while centralising analytics, monitoring, and update management. Moreover, integrated routing can avoid traditional network chokepoints and simplify network complexity.
If you’re thinking that all sounds pretty darn fantastic, you’re not alone. However, adopting this increasingly popular approach is not without its challenges. You see, SASE is not just a technology, or even a package of technologies. It integrates traditional IT security and networking disciplines to create a single solution. Common adoption issues include:
There’s no doubt that overcoming these challenges demands careful planning and governance, but that’s certainly no deterrent for organisations wishing to secure a new, boundaryless enterprise. SASE adoption is surging and, according to Gartner, is projected to reach $15 billion (around £12 billion) by 2025.
If you’re still making sense of various stacks and need guidance from people in the know, get in touch with the experts at Highlander – we’ll work closely with you to make the right choices for your business.